CSEdWeek takes place December 7-13, 2015 to coincide with the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer science who was born on December 9, 1906. This annual event was first recognized in 2010 when the 111th Congress passed House Resolution 1560. The goal of this initiative is to introduce students to computing and show them that the world of technology is for everyone. Educators, parents, industry professionals, and others can get involved.
Why We Need CSEdWeek
While technology is one of the fastest-growing, highest-paying occupations in the country, there are more jobs than qualified candidates. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1.2 million computing-related job openings by 2022, and only 39% of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing graduates.
Providing adequate computing education to students can inspire them to choose computer science majors and careers, but only 27 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science to count as a math or science graduation requirement. This lack of formal education especially impacts girls and youth of color because they might not receive the same exposure to informal computing experiences outside of school.
CSEdWeek is an opportunity to introduce computing to students in an engaging way, helping them to relate invaluable creative and problem-solving skills to their interests and giving them prior experiences that could encourage their future enrollment in CS courses. Read on for resources you can use to get involved this CSEdWeek.
Events and NCWIT Resources for 7 Days of CSEdWeek
White House CS Tech Jam on Monday, December 7 Alongside the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Domestic Policy Council, NCWIT is a proud sponsor of the first-ever White House CS Tech Jam on Monday, December 7. Students, developers, and educators will generate ideas for imaginative and innovative tools to bring computer science education to the K-6 classroom. Additionally, developers and educators will brainstorm ways to weave computational thinking into how the students learn computing across topic areas in K-12.Check out all of the White House CS Tech Jam action by following @whitehouseostp and @USCTO on Twitter starting at 8:30 a.m. EST. Several NCWIT Alliance Members, NCWIT Partners, and Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community Members will participate. Stay tuned to NCWIT social media for all of the shareable moments.
NCWIT and the Televisa Foundation launched TECHNOLOchicas, a national initiative to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. In this video, Actress, Producer, Director, and Philanthropist Eva Longoria introduces the TECHNOLOchicas — five Latinas from diverse backgrounds and environments who share a passion for technology and its power to change the world.TECHNOLOchicas Appearances from December 10-12
In honor of CSEdWeek, the TECHNOLOchicas will make appearances from December 10-12 in the Los Angeles Area at K-12 schools, a public housing facility, and even the Microsoft Store – Los Cerritos Center! This variety of events will allow students and their families to view screenings of TECHNOLOchicas videos, participate in Q&A sessions with the TECHNOLOchicas, engage in hands-on activities featuring Sphero and Hour of Code Minecraft, hear remarks from special guest speakers, and more.
Get live event updates directly from the TECHNOLOchicas by following along on Instagram. Those in the Los Angeles Area can RSVP for the Microsoft Store event here. Stay in the loop about all things TECHNOLOchicas by subscribing to the newsletter.
EngageCSEdu EngageCSEdu is a comprehensive open source collection of nearly 1,500 introductory computer science (CS) course materials designed to engage a diverse student body. The collection includes lessons, labs, projects, and assignments in a dozen or more programming languages including Scratch, Python, Java, and C++. All materials have been peer reviewed for the quality of their CS content and for their use of high impact “Engagement Practices” — a set of practices that research suggests help both improve instruction and retain students who have been traditionally underrepresented in computing.
Programs-in-a-Box Use “e-Textiles-in-a-Box” and “Computer Science-in-a-Box” to teach young people about electronics and computing. Based on the Computational Textiles Curriculum and Sew Electric from MIT, “e-Textiles-in-a-Box” provides instructions for sewing soft circuits and programming an Arduino microprocessor on the way to creating a bookmark book light and an interactive felt monster that lights up and sings. “Computer Science-in-a-Box” allows students to understand fundamental ideas of logic and apply logic to solve problems, such as sorting information into useful order quickly, and more (without a computer).
Talking Points Want to inspire young women to choose a career in computing but not sure how to start the conversation? “Why Should Young Women Consider a Career in Information Technology?” provides talking points and additional resources to facilitate the conversation about the meaningful work, high salaries, and flexibility that IT offers.
Organized by NCWIT K-12 Alliance Member Code.org, Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Participants can learn programming languages or make apps, and teachers can hold events in their classrooms with the goal of encouraging students to try an hour of code. Be one of millions who give Hour of Code a try this CSEdWeek: https://hourofcode.com/us.